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The Meaning of Topic and Focus

The 59th Street Bridge Accent

By Daniel Büring

Routledge – 2004 – 216 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Germanic Linguistics

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    978-0-415-16897-7
    October 8th 1997

Description

This study provides an illuminating and ground-breaking account of the complex interaction of intonational phenomena, semantics and pragmatics. Based on examples from German and English, and centred on an analysis of the fall-rise intonation contour, a semantic interpretation for two different pitch accents - Focus and Topic - is developed. The cross-sentence, as well as the sentence internal semantic effects of these accents, follow from the given treatment. The account is based on Montogovian possible world semantics and Chomskian generative syntax.

Name: The Meaning of Topic and Focus: The 59th Street Bridge Accent (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Daniel Büring. This study provides an illuminating and ground-breaking account of the complex interaction of intonational phenomena, semantics and pragmatics. Based on examples from German and English, and centred on an analysis of the fall-rise intonation contour, a...
Categories: Language & Linguistics, Grammar, Syntax & Linguistic Structure